The gun club features traps, sporting clays, 5 pistol ranges, a 10-station 3-D archery course, and our skeet range.   
Trap is usually shot in squads of five shooters. A round of trap consists of 25 targets per shooter. A trap field has five positions, or stations, numbered consecutively from left to right. Five clay targets, sometimes referred to as "birds," are thrown for each shooter at each position, with one shot being fired at each bird. After firing five rounds in rotation, each squad member moves one station to his right, with the shooter on station five moving over to station one. Depending on your handicap will determine what yardage you shoot at, there is 16 to 27 yard lines.  We have 2 stations
Sporting clays is a challenging clay target game designed to simulate a variety of field-shooting situations. On a sporting clays course, shooters are presented with a wide variety of targets that duplicate the flight path of game birds, such as flushing, crossing, incoming and other angling shots.

Courses are laid out in natural surroundings and typically include five or more shooting stations. Like golf, shooters move from one station to the next to complete the course. At any station, targets may be thrown as singles, simultaneous pairs, following pairs (one target right after the other) or report pairs (the second target launched at the sound of the gun being fired at the first). To further challenge shooters, target size may vary from the standard trap/skeet clay bird to the smaller "midi" and "mini" targets, or a flat disc-shaped "battue" target. There are also "rabbit" targets, special clay disks that are thrown on edge to roll and skitter unpredictably across the ground.

Sporting clays allows for either a pre-mounted or low gun approach, and a full round usually consists of 50 or 100 targets (depending on the number of stations), with several targets normally thrown at each station.

We have 10 stations
Skeet uses the same clay targets as trap. Two trap houses are required in skeet-a "high house" at the left of the field and a "low house" at the right. Both traps throw targets at fixed angles. High-house targets start at a point about 10 feet above the ground, moving to the shooter's right. Low-house targets move in the opposite direction starting from a point about three feet off the ground.

Skeet is usually shot in squads of five shooters. A skeet field has eight positions, or stations, seven of which are numbered consecutively from left to right in a semi-circle around the field. Station eight is located in the center, almost directly between the trap houses, offering very challenging-and very exciting-targets.

A round of skeet consists of 25 targets. Some stations offer single targets, others doubles. There are 16 single targets, two from each station. A round also includes eight shots at four double-targets from stations 1, 2, 6 and 7. The first target missed is repeated; the repeat target is called "the optional." If no miss occurs in the round of 24 shots, the optional is taken as a single target; usually shot from station eight.

We have 1 station
Our pistol range includes ...
    5 Stand

5 stand is a cross between trap, skeet and sporting clays with the advantage that it is more action packed than trap, has more crossing/flying patterns than skeet and is faster and less expensive than sporting clays. I mention 5 stand in comparison to sporting clays because of the wide variety of targets thrown. No 5 stand set up you shoot will be exactly alike. One similarity they will all have is that there will be 5 shooting stands, or stations, to shoot from.

How to Shoot 5 Stand

The clays will be thrown from between 6 to 8 throwers. Throwers can be placed ahead of the shooting stations, to the left, right, straight ahead and even behind the shooter at assorted yardages. The traps will be aligned to throw various crossing, sliding, dropping, and some of the most challenging (and my favorite) stand and fall patterns that replicate overhead teal.

5 stand shooters take turns at each of the 5 stands, shooting three combinations then rotating to the next stand. The combinations are listed as “menus” and placed on or in front of each stand. The combination may begin with a single thrown from station 6 on their first shoot to a report pair (3-7) on their second shot and a true pair (1-5) on the third. Each stand will have a different combination listed on the menu at their location.

Participants shoot the first menu line combination. Then they wait for the next four shooters to take their turn. After the other shooters have completed line 1, they shoot menu line 2, wait for the other shooters, then line 3 and then each shooter rotates to the next stand.

The shooters rotate from one stand to the next until they are back at their starting stand.

Here is part of the fun of 5 stand. While, clays are flying from the left, from the right, shooting straight up in the air and zipping overhead, a scorekeeper is keeping track. Score is kept as to who busted the most clays. Scoring is quite simple. Whoever broke the most clays in the end wins!

Tiebreakers are sometimes necessary because you simply cannot have two winners. In the event of a tie, a shoot off will take place with the top scorers taking a stand. The shooters will shoot the menu lines at their stands, starting with line one and progressing to line three. Whichever shooter misses a clay first gives up the chance at first place to their competitor.

At first the game may sound a bit complicated, but you will get the hang of it in no time at all.
    Helice (ZZ Bird)

A beginner’s guide to Helice (or ZZ)

Helice targets are characterised by their acceleration and erratic flight line

It started as a replacement for live pigeon shooting when it was banned in the 1920s. Helice is the French word for propeller. The sport was also known as ZZ, not for the erratic flight line the targets take, but for Zinc, which the first targets were made from and Zurrito, the breed of pigeon they used.

The Helice target is made up of an orange or red, two-winged propeller shape with a detachable white center cap. The shooter can take two shots at each target while it is accelerating. To score a hit the white cap must detach completely from the wings and it must land within the ‘ring’ (the fenced area). When the shooter calls for a target it will be released from one of five (or seven) traps at random.

The propeller-shaped targets are made of a very resilient plastic

The propeller-shaped targets are made of a very resilient plastic

Helice layout

Helice layout

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